Today we learned about how the Earth travels around the sun as well as how the moon travels around Earth. We learned that one rotation equals 24 hours and one revolution equals 365 days. We learned about the Earth's tilt and seasons. Mrs. McGinnis told the class about a new app for iPhones and iPads. It's called skyview and it's free! According to Mrs. McGinnis you can take your device outside and point it to the sky and the app will tell you what stars, constellations, and planets you're under. The class seemed so excited about it so I told them I'd put the information on the class blog. I'm not sure if the app is available on other devices. Please let me know if you try a different device. Happy star gazing!
This was today's version of The Emporer's New Clothes. It truly is one of my most favorite, as author Dom DeLuise plays on words and is quite funny. If the laughs and comments were any indication, the class really enjoyed it too. I'm hoping your child is able to tell you the genre (folktale and fairy tale) as well as the moral (always be honest). Today we did a practice test for fact fluency in addition. The class had 90 seconds to answer 25 problems. I'm happy to announce that out of 14 tests taken, 11 students had a 3! I can tell a HUGE difference from the last practice test. Keep working on it. You can miss one problem and still get a 3. Missing 2-4 problems is a 2. Don't forget there are practice timed tests on the web link notebook. They are under 2nd grade math. We've practiced using them so your child should be familiar.
Today we continued our discussion on Jackie Robinson. Ask your child why he's famous. Hopefully the answer is known.
Today was day 2 of our bubble gum data collection. Oh the fun!
Mrs. McLaughlin sent out a sign-up genius for Oreo cookie donations and a volunteer for the lab associated with the cookies last Friday. If you are willing and able to donate a package or your time, please sign-up. Thank you to those who already signed up. We greatly appreciate your generosity!
Last week we were Mrs. Bristow's class of the week. We enjoyed seeing retired Freddy and Mrs. Bristow wear a frog headband on the morning news in our honor. We loved having her read Jan Brett's version of Town Mouse Country Mouse. As you can see in the pictures, the current Freddy had a front row seat and enjoyed the story too!
Today was the first day of math groups. We'll be with these groups for 5 weeks. My group worked on comparing numbers.
Today we enjoyed bubble gum in class. Ask your child to tell you why. Thanks, Mr. Giesler.
Today we started learning about Jackie Robinson and his significant contributions to American history. Please have your child tell you what he/she learned.
On Thursday we learned how to draw a dassie from Jan Brett. Mrs. Kenworthy played a video of our author of the month telling all about this animal and how to draw one. They were her inspiration for the book, The Three Little Dassies. I hope you'll have the opportunity to stop by the media center and see them hanging on the wall. The children did a wonderful job. Each picture is filled with character that I know will make you smile! Enjoy the following photos of our class hard at work making their dassies.
Today I read the book, What Is Martin Luther King, Junior Day? to the class. We discussed it and then wrote a paragraph in our journals about all that we've learned. We also wrote and answered 5W and H questions. I reminded the students to be studying their question packet sent home on Friday. The test will be this Friday.